Antioch resident and chairman of the Police Crime Prevention Commission shared the following City Council Comment as a Letter to the Editor on her thoughts on the City of Antioch potentially creating an ad-hoc committee on police reform.
Here is a copy of what was submitted to the Antioch City Council.
June 15, 2020
Attn. City Clerk
RE: Ad-Hoc Committee – Police Reform
Dear City Council:
The opinion I express below are that of my own.
My name is Sandra White and I am the Chairman of the Police Crime Prevention Commission in the City of Antioch who resides in district 4. I am opposed to creating an ad-hoc committee to address or oversee police reform for the Antioch Police department for these reasons:
- APD has implemented the majority of the “8 Cannot Wait” recommendations.
- No Crime Prevention Commissioners were invited to take part in the process.
- To the public knowledge, ADP has not received grievous complaints.
What happened in Minneapolis is a horrible event. However, I do not feel the policing environment in that city could possibly bear any resemblance to what we are experiencing here in Antioch. I believe our Antioch Police Department does an exceptional job in crime prevention and responding to criminal activity, but also developing relationships with residents, particularly young people. I have seen that firsthand. Our Police Department sponsor Halloween Events and food and toys giveaways to families in the community during the holiday season. In addition, the department provides financial assistance to help neighborhood watch groups hosts block parties for National Night Out. We have community policing which is as remarkable as it is effective.
The Department of Justice tells us there are over 17,000 police departments nationwide and almost 800,000 officers. When an officer does something wrong, it is not THE POLICE that did it. It was A POLICE OFFICER THAT DID A BAD THING. I do not think we should throw the baby out with the bath water.
I do not understand why City Council feel compel to focus time on “police reform” when Antioch police staffing levels are not where we need them to be for a city our size. So, implementing police reform or defunding would be a step backwards not forward. The psychological impact on our Police department is not worth the risk of trying to push a political agenda. Having an Ad-Hoc Committee signals we do not trust our Chief of Police is effectively doing the job he was hired to do.
Please reconsider creating an Ad-Hoc committee to focus on police reform and use your time and resources to reform the numerous problems this city is experiencing.
Resident of Antioch